Thomas J. Morton, Swarthmore College
Individuality within Regularity: Visualizing Roman Design in North Africa
Architectural historians and archaeologists have an embarrassment of riches in Roman North Africa; there is evidence for about 675 municipal entities. Thus, North Africa is an excellent place to study architectural and urban design during the Roman Empire. In this talk, Professor Morton will discuss the ‘individuality within regularity’ of architectural and urban design in Roman Africa and will use 3D visualizations to help articulate the Roman design process.
Alexis Castor, Franklin and Marshall College
More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Italy
Gold necklaces, earrings and other accessories made by ancient goldsmiths still attract our attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men and enrich our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry? We will explore the many functions of jewelry, from bridal gifts to containers used in espionage. We will see the ways that personal ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth. ~
Andrew Koh, Brandeis University and MIT
The Chemistry of Kinship: Daidalos and Kothar Revisited
Professor Koh employs archeological science to discuss the nature of commodities production, trade, and consumption the eastern Mediterranean during the later Bronze and Early Iron Age (roughly 1,700-700 BC). Over the past nine years, his ARCHEM project based in Crete has sampled thousands of imported vessels in Greece, Israel, Egypt, Turkey to illuminate cross-cultural relationships between these areas. By securely identifying for the first time the contents of a high volume of exchanged objects, this innovative work helps reveal the important roles these artifacts played in the economy and daily life of these different consumer societies, and the cultures with which each maintained contact.